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Fires: Death

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information she holds on the number of deaths caused by fire in (a) houses of multiple occupation, (b) the private rented sector, (c) the council/social rented sector and (d) private houses in each year for which figures are available. (241434)

The Department holds data for the UK on the number of deaths caused by fire, including by type of accommodation, and whether it was a multiple occupancy dwelling. Data are not collected by type of tenure. Comparable data are available since 1994. Data for England are shown in the following table.

Fire deaths in England, 1994 to 2007

Multiple occupancy dwellings

All dwellings

All

Houses

Flats, maisonettes, etc.

Unspecified

1994

376

119

7

81

31

1995

428

143

13

80

50

1996

428

145

8

86

51

1997

432

144

18

86

40

1998

383

140

14

94

32

1999

334

116

9

89

18

2000

351

112

11

73

28

2001

358

120

9

82

29

2002

310

110

6

83

21

2003

344

118

9

84

25

2004

268

91

7

68

16

2005

289

103

8

74

21

2006

287

82

9

52

21

2007 (provisional)

240

74

5

59

10